June 2008 • Vol. 87: No. 3 : Back Page

Mariana Souto-Manning

"Unless we understand how the unique lives and experiences of young children shape their language and literacy development, we can’t really help them build upon what they already have, upon their strengths. If we can foster confident writers and readers in early education, when they get to kindergarten and first grade they already have the image of themselves as
successful writers and readers."

—Mariana Souto-Manning on developing language and literacy skills in preschool-age children

Mariana Souto-Manning
Assistant professor, Child and Family Development
Research coordinator, Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center
B.S. in education, women’s studies certificate
M.Ed. in early childhood education
Ph.D. in language education, UGA